Trial postponed for ex-Springfield cop accused of stealing from evidence room

Defense requested continuance; postponing start of trial until March

Kevin Burnham is seen here in a WWLP file image from December 2016.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A former Springfield police officer accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the department’s evidence room was scheduled to go on trial starting Tuesday, but his time in court was cut short.

Nearly a year after his arraignment, the trial for former officer Kevin Burnham was set to begin Tuesday at Hampden Superior Court. The defense requested a continuance in the case; postponing the trial. Burnham was in the courtroom for about 30 seconds Tuesday morning, as the start of the trial was rescheduled to March 30.

Burnham was the narcotics evidence officer at the Springfield Police Department for more than 30 years. Prosecutors allege Burnham stole close to $400,000 from the evidence envelopes of more than 170 drug cases between 2009 and 2014.

The former officer has been accused of replacing some of the cash he stole with counterfeit money.

Since Burnham has been charged, two audits have been completed on the Springfield Police Department’s narcotics and cash evidence. Mayor Domenic Sarno’s office has said all of the narcotics evidence has been accounted for.